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Retail ramblings: 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars football

Posted Sep 18, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

At least from a hanging pack’s perspective, Panini America’s 2013 Rookies & Stars football product — now in its 16th season on the market — could be called “Stars & Rookies.” That’s because in a pack of 40 cards, there were 34 stars, four rookies and a pair of inserts.

Then again, what were you expecting for $4.98? But to be fair, the odds of pulling a rookie card are only slightly higher in a hobby box.

If you do decide to buy a hobby box, there are 24 packs, with eight cards to a pack. The set consists of 100 veteran cards, 100 rookies and 40 Premiere Rookie Materials cards. There will be at least one rookie card in every pack of a hobby box.

By far, the nicest card in this large pack was a Crusade insert card of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. I am normally not a foil lover, but this is a card that makes good use of it, with vibrant blue, silver and yellow colors. Very attractive.

The other insert is more sedate, as it is a Game Plan card featuring Eli Manning.

The four rookies I pulled were Ryan Swope (Cardinals), Arthur Brown (Ravens), DeAndre Hopkins (Texans) and Marquise Goodwin (Bills).

The design for both stars and rookies is practically the same; the lone difference is the RC designation in the upper right-hand corner of the rookie cards. Beneath the action shot of the player is his name, stamped in small silver letters. Running down the left-hand side of the card is the team logo, with the player’s name running perpendicular to the action shot.

Seems kind of silly to have the player’s name on the card front in two places, but it’s not too much of a distraction so I guess that’s OK. Team colors are used generously on the front and back of the cards, and it really looks good on the backs.

So, not a bad-looking product. Certainly, a hobby box will generate more sizzle, but these large packs are a nice way to get a taste of the product.

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